Dec 15, 2008

Gifting Prospects

It's taken me forever to write this half-hearted attempt at alternative gifting practices for those of you unwilling stuck in the wheel of Christmas consumption. You can search "gift" or "Christmas" for more coherent thoughts from years past. You might also look at the main Compact Yahoo group for the 1,000 re-uses of a plastic bag and other wild ideas. (Be warned, that list is HIGH volume, I recommend "web only" as the message setting.)

- Opt out. Explain to your office, church, school, mates, or family that you don't want to gift this year.

- Exchange time together. Rather than giving objects, a huge percentage of which will end up in landfill, share experiences. Swap yummy dinners, theatre nights, afternoons of volunteerism, days of recreation, long walks, hands of poker, or whatever you can think of.

- Give a needed service. Offer your time as a babysitter, gardener, dog walker, carpenter, bike mechanic, artistic eye, fashion adviser, statistics tutor.

- Share a talent. Play a song, read a poem, draw a picture, sculpt your affection origamically. Bake some yummy, vegan treats to share. Mix some fancy drinks.

If you feel you really have to give someone a physical thing, consider something practical, with some sort of sentiment articulated in a card. CFL's might be nice. Maybe a transit card? Eco-hints though, avoid being preachy.

And if someone gives you some useless piece of shit that makes you want to scream, don't trip. It's not worth it.

2 comments:

Dee said...

"And if someone gives you some useless piece of shit that makes you want to scream, don't trip. It's not worth it."

That is fantastic! I needed that smile this morning... thank you! :)

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your writing and have been following for a couple years. I did my best to NOT consume and made holiday gifts from recycled 45year-old fence planks. When I receive plastic imported garbage from China or wherever I sell it on E-Bay and donate the money to SAVE, a domestic violence shelter based in Alameda County.